- One of the largest Non-insurance – non-Governmental Healthcare scheme in India with Covers pre-existing diseases; no upper limit on usage; no age bar
- 2015 is the 15th year of the scheme, targets 2.00 lakh members
- Manipal Arogya Card should ideally be used for preventive purposes and it will reduce the treatment cost says Dr Vinod Bhat
Manipal: The membership enrolment for Manipal Arogya Card Scheme was inaugurated by Dr H Vinod Bhat, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Manipal University on April 7, 2015 by issuing the first card at the Launch Programme here at Manipal University, Manipal on Tuesday.
The Manipal Arogya Card Scheme is a social initiative of Manipal University which enables members to avail medical treatment facilities cheaper and affordable. The scheme is applicable to the Manipal Group hospitals in Coastal Karnataka. Anyone can becomes member of the scheme, by paying a small sum as membership fee, will receive his investment back as concessions after using the card just two or three times. The membership enrolment which began today, will close on July 25, 2015. Applicants who enroll before May 20, 2015 will be entitled to 14 months of validity starting from June 1, to July 31, 2015. Other applicants who enroll from May 21 to July 25, 2015 can avail regular scheme from August 1, 2015 for one year.
Giving details of the benefits of the scheme, Dr H Vinod Bhat, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Manipal University said: “Consultations with any specialist/super specialist doctor any number of times during the year by paying only 50 per cent of consultation fee, is the most attractive among the outpatient benefits of the card. There is a 25 per cent discount on diagnostics and laboratory investigations giving considerable relief to the patient and there will also be up to 10 per cent rebate on medicines purchased from hospital pharmacy with prescriptions”.
Dr Vinod Bhat said that”The manipal Arogya Card is being used for curative and treatment purposes. But society should start use it in a preventive way for consultations. This will help to avail treatment in early stages and also to reduce the treatment cost at a very low cost, Dr Vinod Bhat added.
A 25 per cent concession on the inpatient bills (excluding consumables) for any number of times during the year and up to 10 per cent concession on medicines purchased from pharmacy at Kasturba Hospital Manipal and KMC hospital, Attavar, Mangalore are also part of the benefits of the scheme.
Dr Vinod Bhat, Pro Vice-Chancellor, said that the Arogya card was also useful for patients going to Dr T M A Pai Hospital Udupi and Karkala. Consultations with any specialist doctor, any number of times during the year and availing 20 per cent concession on consultation fee is the most attractive among for outpatients. There is a 15 per cent concession on inpatient bills (excluding consumables) across all wards for any number of times during the year. For the medicines purchased from the hospital pharmacy up to 10 per cent concession is offered.
The Manipal Arogya Card membership fee is Rs 270/- for an individual card and Rs 550/- for a family card. Family includes the card holder, spouse and all the dependent children below 25 years of age. An add-on card is also available for the parents of primary card holders under the family card scheme 1 for Rs 100/- for one parent and Rs 200 for Family Card 2. For renewal card, 10 per cent discount on membership fee is offered.
Manipal Arogya Card 2015 Application forms are available with all Manipal Health Enterprises network hospitals in Coastal Karnataka and can also be had from designated Agents. Syndicate Bank Branches in Karnataka and North Kerala would also be providing enrolment facilities at their branches.
Dr Vinod Bhat presented the Dr T M A Pai Arogya Sevak Award 2015 to Mr Shivamurthy from Shivamogga and Mr Jayaprakash Kamath from Mangalore for their work in the society in the field of healthcare and for promoting the scheme. The Top performing agents of Manipal Arogya Card 2014 were honored for their hard efforts by Dr G K Prabhu, Registrar Manipal University and Dr Pradeep Kumar Dean KMC Manipal. “Information Kit of Manipal Arogya Card 2015 was released by Dr M V Prabhu, Dean KMC Manipal.
Dr (Col) M Dayananda Medical Superintendent Kasturba Hospital, Manipal welcomed the gathering. Dr Anand Venugopal Medical Superintendent KMC Hospitals Mangalore proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Saghir Siddiqui, Unit Head, KMC Hospitals, Mangalore, Dr Avinash Shetty, CMO, Dr T M A Pai Hospital, Karkala were also present.